PVCC Announces Plans for First Half of 2020-21 Fine Arts and Performance Season
Charlottesville, Va. – September 10, 2020 – Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) announces plans for the first half of its 2020-21 Fine Arts and Performance season. The lineup features a mix of live concerts, dance performances, art exhibitions and more. All events will take place either online, outdoors, or in the 500-seat Main Stage Theatre with reduced seating capacity. Social distancing regulations should be followed and masks/face coverings are required and must be worn at all times by all attendees of any Fine Arts and Performance event on the PVCC campus.
The season opens on Saturday, September 19, at 7:30 p.m., with classically trained musician and master banjo player John Bullard performing a concert of what he deems “the perfect southern art.” Bullard marries five-string banjo with Baroque and contemporary chamber music, evoking qualities of harpsichord and lute with his instrument and exploring the range of emotion in works by the likes of Bach, Handel, Schumann and Grieg. Bullard also introduces the banjo as new voice in chamber music through works by contemporary composers and original compositions.
The first graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Music to earn a degree in performance with the banjo, music from Bullard’s recordings has been included in several feature films such as the DreamWorks animated film The Rise of the Guardians and the award-winning The Edge of Heaven. Bullard is a former faculty member of the Tennessee Banjo Institute along with such luminaries as Pete Seeger, Bela Fleck and Tony Trischka.
General seating for Bullard’s performance is limited to 100 guests. Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $6 for seniors and students.
The season will also include "multi-instrumental genius" (The Washington Post) Tom Teasley in a two-day residency beginning Saturday, October 17, at 7:30 p.m., with “Drumming Through Cultures and Time,” followed by a screening of the classic silent horror film “The Cabinet of Dr. Calagari,” featuring Teasley’s live accompaniment on Sunday, October 18. The film starts at 3 p.m.
The award-winning Latin Ballet of Virginia will perform a recently created dance theatre work based on the rich history of the Mayan Empire. The performance, “Enigmas de Nuestra Tierra” will take place on Saturday, November 7, at 7:30 p.m.
The PVCC Visual Arts Department will host perennial favorite Let There Be Light as a series of light-based art installations scattered in locations around Charlottesville. The art works will be in place Friday, December 4, and Saturday, December 5, each night from 6 to 9 p.m.
Some of PVCC Fine Arts and Performance season events are free. When tickets are required, patrons are encouraged to purchase advance tickets online at www.pvcc.edu/performingarts or by calling the PVCC Box Office at 434.961.5376 (major credit cards accepted). The PVCC Cashier’s Office, located in the Main Building, will also have tickets available for purchase during normal business hours. Tickets may also be purchased starting two hours prior to the performance at the PVCC Box Office if still available.
An archive video of ticketed performances will be available online the day following a show for one week. Patrons may visit www.pvcc.edu/performingarts and “pay-what-you-wish” to access a link to the video.
The 2020-21 Fine Arts and Performance season is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, Virginia National Bank and CBS19.
About Piedmont Virginia Community College
Established in 1972, Piedmont Virginia Community College is a nonresidential two-year institution of higher education that serves Central Virginia – principally, residents of the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson. PVCC is one of 23 community colleges in Virginia that comprise the Virginia Community College System. PVCC is committed to providing access to a college education for all who can benefit, an opportunity for each student to reach her/his potential and excellence in all programs and services. Visit www.pvcc.edu.